Final Fantasy XI is the first online Final Fantasy RPG from Square Enix.
Installation and update: No problems except the screen flip issue which seems very common.
Gameplay is nearing gold status in my opinion. With the exception of a few minor glitches (see "Not working" section) everything runs great. I run the game at 1280x1024 not in true fullscreen mode but as close as it can get while still being in windowed mode.
What does not
The major graphical glitch is in the areas where a shadow from overhanging architecture or dynamic lighting from lamps is incorrectly rendered as interspersed lines of shadow instead of a solid mass.
Also after editing a macro and pressing the ESC key to finish/confirm changes, the low framerate kicks in (as if I had just logged in) this is easily remedied by the F1->Enter->Enter key combination.
What was not tested
Tetra master (honestly who uses this?)
Minimizing the game window (with 4 desktops and a rotating cube who needs to minimize?)
This game is quickly nearing Gold status. Keep up the excellent work!
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 29 2020||5.5||N/A||Yes||Yes||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 15 2020||5.3||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jun 24 2019||4.11||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Chiitoo|
|Show||macOS Mojave 10.14||Feb 15 2019||4.1||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Christopher Strom|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jan 08 2019||4.0-rc3-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|28861||Final Fantasy XI hangs after character selection||NEW||View|
|32897||Final Fantasy XI Crashes Immediately on PlayOnline startup||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|32931||FFXI Amazon Downloader crashes when trying to download install files||NEW||View|
|39023||Final Fantasy XI Using a Bluetooth PS3 Controller crashes the game.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|40794||PlayOnline Viewer crashes when using a game controller.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|41641||Final Fantasy XI: incorrect face culling; no glitches when disabled||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|42008||Final Fantasy XI Online: Opening movie doesn't play.||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|42506||STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl crashes on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|42507||Final Fantasy XI Online: Intermittent crashes.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|43053||Overexposed scene in fr-025: the.popular.demo by farbrausch||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|45279||Multiple applications crash due to usage of OpenGL core context (Final Fantasy XI, Undertale, ...)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|45520||Install Shield fails on 64bit prefix with Silent install||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|46059||Final Fantasy XI Online: Mouse Movement Heavily Affects FPS||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|46556||FINAL FANTASY XI crashes when changing areas using NPCs in-game||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|47577||Final Fantasy XI crashes||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47651||PlayOnline Viewer: Page fault on read access at launch time.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
The PlayOnline Viewer and Final Fantasy XI installation/data files can be downloaded from the PlayOnline website(s):
During the installation process of Final Fantasy XI, a window with only borders, and no rendered content may be seen, and the 'msiexec' process can be using up to 100% of a single CPU core while possibly processing the 'FINAL_FANTASY_XI.msi' file probably. This can take up to at least four (4) minutes, but should eventually complete.
Last updated until this point: 2019-06-14
Windows 7 needs to be set as the reported Windows version, or the game client will crash after accepting the licence agreement.
Everything imaginable in-game works, though the game can be quite heavy, depending on settings (especially due to the shadows). Using CSMT from Staging helps with FPS by allowing more CPU to be used.
A PS2-controller via a simple USB-converter works flawlessly (aside from sometimes when entering the game, and the analog mode is off, the player character and the camera will start moving by themselves, but they stop when the analog mode is enabled (whether or not this would happen on Windows as well is unknown at this time)).
Requires the Japanese PlayOnline Viewer software, as is intended (using 'uim' to switch input methods).
Works while in PlayOnline Viewer, but not while in-game. This may be due to how things are built-in. It is possible to paste text from outside the PlayOnline Viewer into it, but the same is not true for the actual game client.
The following information may be largely out of date since 2016-12-19 or earlier.
HOWTO - Final Fantasy XI: The Ultimate Collection 2011
This HOWTO will help you get Final Fantasy XI setup on your machine using "The Ultimate Collection 2011" retail package, or equivalent media. Here you will also find a guide to get the PlayOnline Viewer running. This HOWTO is complete to the best knowledge of its creators, however, there may be some errors that have not been resolved.
Please note that in order to run this game, you will most likely NEED the proprietary drivers for your graphics card(s). Open-source drivers are known to have problems with 3D rendering, and may render many things incorrectly or slowly. Please bear this in mind when submitting test results, as well.
Running more than one instance of FFXI:
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/first/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe
/home/yourname/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/ and one copy of that install in: /home/yourname/.wine-second/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/copy/of/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe